Religious identification and improved health care outcomes among research topics to be funded by CBSHS IMPACT seed grants
The Office of the Dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) recently announced the winning proposals for its second annual IMPACT seed grants program. The winning proposals cover a range of research topics including religious identification, improved health care outcomes in intensive care units and the effects of foot massage on individuals with breast cancer.
The CBSHS Research Committee reviewed the grant proposals and was comprised of Eric Muth, associate dean for research and graduate studies in CBSHS, and representatives from all eight departments in the college. Muth said a common strength of the proposals was their emphasis on effecting positive change through a better understanding of human behavior.
“All of the proposals were of high quality, but three stood out due to their scientific rigor,” Muth said. “The interdisciplinary nature of these projects and the diversity of experience of the investigating teams was clearly on display in the proposals.”
The committee selected three proposals for funding out of a total of 13 submitted by faculty throughout CBSHS. The winning proposals are as follows:
- Amber Curtis of the Department of Political Science will be awarded $25,000 for her proposed research, “Explaining belonging: The strength and salience of religious identification.”
- Tracy Fasolino of the School of Nursing will be awarded $32,382 for her proposed research, “A Crossover Randomized Control Trial of the Effects of Foot Massage on Breast Cancer Participants.”
- Susan O’Hara of the School of Nursing will be awarded $41,440 for her proposed research, “Using Predictive Agent based Simulation to improve ICU metrics related to interactions between teams, technology, and the health care built environment space.”
The topics range from a specific intervention to improve health to a broader examination of cultural determinants of religious identification. According to Muth, this inspired range of approaches is typical of the college and further serves to showcase its research excellence.
“When approaching these proposals from a topical perspective, these projects demonstrate how CBSHS faculty can work to improve the human condition in multiple ways,” Muth said.
The IMPACT seed grants provide a tangible investment to accelerate CBSHS faculty members’ ability to produce impactful research that benefits people and communities. They also provide to college faculty a variety of training opportunities from grant writing to grant reviewing. A major goal of the IMPACT program is to increase research productivity as evidenced by submission of significant external research proposals, the receipt of significant research awards and the production of scientific publications or other research products that bring national prominence to CBSHS and Clemson University.
The IMPACT grant funding is intended to serve as a catalyst to move these projects to a point that makes them competitive for external funding, and CBSHS encourages participation across departments and colleges. Muth said the award project period is 12 months beginning July 1, 2018.